Richetti Jones then pushed the score to 34-3 when he — eventually — corralled a ball that slipped out of Landry Jones' hand as he brought it back to throw. Richetti bobbled the ball, kicked it, bobbled it again and then caught it in the end zone.
“I had mentioned to our defense that this was an opportunity for them to shine,” Gundy said. “(They'd) be on the big stage, in the spotlight. They had taken some heat throughout the year, and if they wanted to prove to people (that) just half of what I said during the season was right, then they needed to do it tonight.”
The Cowboy rushing attack amassed 278 yards, with Joseph Randle and Jeremy Smith scoring two touchdowns apiece.
OSU now has no control over how the final BCS standings will shake up. But Blatnick had an argument after the game that could apply to both the often-maligned Cowboy defense and their case to play for the national title.
“Look at the wins,” he said. “That's the stat that counts.